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North Dallas Forty author Peter Gent dies

Peter Gent, a one-time football player for the Dallas Cowboys who wrote North Dallas Forty, died on Friday at the age of 69. The NY Times had an obituary. I love the film and the novel. Nick Nolte’s opening scene of the movie where he can barely move following a game but hauls his beaten-up body into the bathroom in order to take some more painkillers is wonderful. And to think people said Gent’s portrayal of professional football as ruthless, heartless and filled with painkilling drugs and alcohol abuse was a lie. In reality, Gent had only scratched the surface.

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